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A York Democratic political operative engaged in opposition research on opposing candidates took his job a step too far.
Democratic “tracker” Yougourthen Ayouni was fired Thursday after he stepped over the line to become a “stalker” or even “window peeper.”
The wife of Republican Phil Oliva, who’s challenging Democratic state Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, caught Ayouni peering into the windows of their Westchester County Somers family home, The New York Post reported.
“He was hunched over looking inside,” Jessica Oliva told The Post. “I’m always breast-feeding. It’s scary. Do we have to have a police officer stationed outside our house?”
Soon after the Oliva family filed a harassment complaint against Ayouni with the Somers Police Department, the New York Democratic Party apparatus fired their eager young operative for taking his job a “window” too far.
“It’s behavior that is unacceptable to us and will not be tolerated,” state Democratic executive director, Basil Smikle,told the Post. “He’s been fired.
The Post didn’t indicate whether the “unacceptable behavior” was the window peeping or getting caught window peeping.
It was after Ayouni began questioning Oliva on his lunch breaks to question the candidate about his views on issues such as abortion and Donald Trump that Oliva put two and two together and realized he must be the man his wife caught peering through windows.
So he and a friend tracked the peeping Tom down and with their own video recorder and began questioning him.
“I’m working for the Democratic Party,” Ayouni said, according to the Post. “The Democratic Party hired me.”
Ayouni used the alias Jonathan Aelius Zheglov, under which he also does some freelance modeling, to contact candidate Oliva through his Facebook account and his wife, on her business Facebook page, Fit Mama 4 Life, in order to learn what he could.
Oliva then asked Ayouni why he contacted his wife via Facebook.
“I contacted the company she started, but not directly . . . I like to be fit. It wasn’t under false pretenses,” Ayouni said. “I’m not stalking your spouse. She posted something under her company name.”
That’s no doubt fair game — but window peeking? Creepy.
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